This news should come as no surprise: Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that Marvel is already developing a sequel to “The Avengers.” The $700 million hit has earned almost universal critical acclaim and has been a massive success story for the studio, so honestly we’re just surprised that it took Disney this long to announce the sequel.
Beyond the announcement (which comes via Deadline), we don’t have any details on the upcoming project. The hope is that Joss Whedon will return to direct the film, but there’s no guarantee. The only director who has returned for a Marvel sequel is Jon Favreau for “Iron Man 2,” and we all know how that turned out.
The expectation is that “The Avengers 2” will probably come out sometime in 2015. Marvel already has “Iron Man 3” and “Thor 2” lined up for 2013 and “Captain America 2” and a mystery film lined up for 2014, and they’re only releasing two movies a year for Disney. That means that “The Avengers 2” and something like “Guardians of the Galaxy” or “Inhumans” will have to wait until farther down the road to hit theaters.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been talking a lot about “The Avengers 2” over the past few weeks, so we can base much of what we know about the movie about what he’s said. According to him, the reason we need to wait so long for a sequel is because we need the characters to go off and do their own thing for a while so they can grow and develop.
“If we do an ‘Avengers 2’ it will be after [‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘Thor 2,’ ‘Captain America 2’]. They have to grow, they have to change,” he said. “What they’ve gone through in this movie will impact their state of mind and where they stand in their next movies. Then whatever they go through in those movies is going to affect where we meet them in the next Avengers film. But I think people will be surprised to see, as we go forward – particularly in ‘Iron Man 3’ – the notion of how singular the stories can become. ‘Iron Man 3’ is a very singular Tony Stark story. As is ‘Thor 2.'”
He echoed similar sentiments earlier in April.
“I loved that in comics, you could read all your individual heroes and you could follow their adventures, then every few years there’d be a crossover event that would bring them all together, in one book,” Feige said. “Then they’d go their separate ways again, have their own adventures, and a few years later, they’d get back together again. I want to replicate that in movies.”